Methodological practice and policy for organisationally and socially relevant IS research : an inclusive-exclusive perspective

Research output: Chapters, Conference Papers, Creative and Literary Works (RGC: 12, 32, 41, 45)12_Chapter in an edited book (Author)Not applicable

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Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationFormulating Research Methods for Information Systems
EditorsLeslie P. Willcocks, Chris Sauer, Mary C. Lacity
Place of PublicationLondon
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan
Pages97-111
Volume1
ISBN (Electronic)9781137509857
ISBN (Print)9781349561124
StatePublished - 2016

Abstract

In this research paper, we argue that the tendency of Information Systems (IS) researchers to work with a rather parsimonious set of research methods, notably those that follow the positivist tradition, demonstrates a significant degree of methodological exclusiveness. We contend that such an exclusive practice is both counterproductive to good IS research and unethical. Further, it severely and unreasonably limits the extent to which IS research and researchers can contribute to both pressing organisational problems and the scholarly literature. We synthesise our position in a set of four arguments that guide our discussion of the nature and consequences of methodological exclusiveness, as well as possible solutions. We end the paper with an exposition of steps that could be taken to address the current situation.

Research Area(s)

  • Epistemology, Exclusiveness, Inclusiveness, Methods, Relevance, Rigour

Citation Format(s)

Methodological practice and policy for organisationally and socially relevant IS research : an inclusive-exclusive perspective. / Davison, Robert M.; Martinsons, Maris G.

Formulating Research Methods for Information Systems. ed. / Leslie P. Willcocks; Chris Sauer; Mary C. Lacity. Vol. 1 London : Palgrave Macmillan, 2016. p. 97-111.

Research output: Chapters, Conference Papers, Creative and Literary Works (RGC: 12, 32, 41, 45)12_Chapter in an edited book (Author)Not applicable